Rep. Jenkins: Nas Bill soon will be signed into law


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WASHINGTON – A bill championed by U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) that will improve care for neonatal abstinence syndrome babies is on its way to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

Rep. Jenkins said this bill will build on best practices from doctors and nurses in West Virginia and across the country in treating babies with NAS, exposure to drugs during pregnancy.

“Today, in a facility in my hometown that I helped start, Lily’s Place is caring for 10 babies suffering the ravages of withdrawal. It took years of working through the regulatory burdens and certification limitations just to do what is right for our most innocent.

“The gaps in care are real, and so are the obstacles in treating NAS babies. This legislation will pave the way to consider new models of care like Lily’s Place for our NAS babies,” Rep. Jenkins said in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Protecting Our Infants Act cleared the House on Monday after being passed by the U.S. Senate. Rep. Jenkins was a cosponsor of the House version of the bill, which will help advance the research needed to develop the absolute best care available for babies with NAS, exposure to drugs during pregnancy.

The full transcript of the congressman’s remarks is below.

“Every day in hospitals across my district and the country, tragically, babies begin their lives suffering through drug withdrawal because they were exposed during pregnancy. Sadly, the rates of babies with NAS have skyrocketed. NAS is a nationwide crisis.

“The Protecting Our Infants Act addresses the many gaps in the care and treatment of NAS babies. How do I know there are gaps?

“Today, in a facility in my hometown that I helped start, Lily’s Place is caring for 10 babies suffering the ravages of withdrawal. It took years of working through the regulatory burdens and certification limitations just to do what is right for our most innocent.

“The gaps in care are real, and so are the obstacles in treating NAS babies. This legislation will pave the way to consider new models of care like Lily’s Place for our NAS babies.

“I commend my colleagues, Leader Mitch McConnell and Representatives Katherine Clark and Steve Stivers, for helping to give every child a chance at a healthy start in life.

“With that, I yield back my time.”

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